Scientology Busts Bunker Story

Source: New York Post
Date: November 30, 2005

Scientology, the celeb-packed, sci-fi themed church, has a huge compound carved out in New Mexico deserts.

The church reportedly hopes the $2.5 million bomb-proof bunker - which holds founder L. Ron Hubbard's writings on steel tablets in underground vaults - will be the only thing to survive the apocalyptic future.

"The whole purpose of putting these teaching in the underground vaults was expressly so that in the event that everything gets wiped out somehow, someone would be willing to locate them and they would still be there," ex-Scientologist Chuck Beatty told the Washington Post.

The ABC news magazine 20/20 visited the compound, which was built in the '80s, in 1989. The show reported that in addition to the metal tablets, Hubbard's voice will be preserved for the eons on thousands of metal records.

But last week, before an Albuquerque TV station did a report on the compound, Scientologists allegedly tried to squelch the story, the Washington Post said.

KRQE said they allegedly complained to KRQE's parent company and got a state lawmaker to lobby for them. A church spokesperson did not return a call for comment by press time.

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